What is the least expensive car to run?

Posted by: Cal on 26/06/2013

Category: General

Have you ever wondered what the cheapest car to run is?

So have we! And so, too, have the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ). They do a survey once a year to tally the running costs of vehicles across the market in order to help car buyers make a more informed decision.

These costs aren't simply limited to the cost of purchasing the vehicle and how much fuel it uses, but extend to a range of other considerations.

These include the cost of car tyres, service and repairs, depreciation and interest on a car loan to buy the vehicle.

The overall winner was the humble Suzuki Alto GL 1L. This five-speed manual hatchback costs just $113.82 per week to run, averaging just 39.46 cents per kilometre, all things considered.

At the other end of the spectrum is the Nissan Patrol ST-L V8 5.6L. Not surprisingly, this beast is a bit more expensive than the wee Alto, and costs an average of $402.21 a week to run, according to the RACQ.

The Honda Civic DTi-S T/Diesel 1.6L was the most economical non-electric car from a fuel efficiency perspective, costing $6.01 a week for fuel.

The hybrid Holden Volt EV 1.4L cost less a week in fuel ($5.29), but overall cost more a week to run than the Civic ($239.81 compared to the latter's $179.16).

The RACQ says that there are many things people can do when buying a vehicle in order to keep ownership costs down.

For instance, you can find a smaller vehicle that still does everything you need it to, and you can always try to negotiate to get a lower selling price.

If you're looking for ways to cut down the running costs of a vehicle - or fleet of vehicles - you already own, one way to do so is by paying regular attention to tyre maintenance.

Even taking a minute or two out of your day once a week to check your tyre pressure can have a noticeable effect on your fuel consumption in the long term.

That's because by maintaining the correct air pressure at all times, you can ensure that rolling resistance is kept to a minimum.

What's more, as over or under-inflated tyres can wear more quickly and unevenly, you could boost their longevity by keeping them at just the right psi level.

That means you get more use out of them before you have to inevitably replace them - better bang for your buck!